Since August of this year, I have spent a lot of time working to improve my blog and gain followers on Facebook and Twitter. (This has definitely meant putting aside my time playing Bingo at cheekybingo.com, and ignoring the kids a little bit)
During this time I have been blessed to be introduced to so many amazing blogging women. I have felt deep joy, great pain, and hysterical laughter reading the blogs that are put out there. And I am never disappointed with the sheer honesty that it takes for these women – and men, to put it out there.
I noticed that it seems everyone has a story to tell.
Some people have powerful stories and the blogs detail their journeys about recovering from alcoholism, drug addiction – surviving mental illness, coping with suicide, dealing with cancer or adoption and hundreds of other transformational life experiences. I will admit, that in light of some of the stories out there I have often felt that my life pales in comparison. What do I have to offer? How can my story be beneficial to someone else?
I am sure I have many stories somewhere. Actually I know I do. Yet I am just not ready to share all of them yet and put them out there for the world to see. (And judge) But none of them seem so overwhelmingly powerful that I could base my entire blog on them. I suppose I have been pretty lucky in life and I think that my story is still unfolding.
The thing is that everyone I meet or know DOES have a story! Perhaps we all do. It is our stories, our lives – that make us who we are today. As mothers, every moment that happened before THIS ONE RIGHT NOW – have shaped up in some way, and are therefore shaping the future through our parenting to our children.
There are days that I fancy myself a journalist. When I meet people I always want to know more about them. I have tons of questions right off the bat. I want to hear THEIR STORY. And I am always left amazed at the things that we, as women (and men), go through in our lives. There are people I pass on a daily basis – like a woman who walks 4 dogs around a local town – pushing two of them in a wheelchair – whose stories I would like to get to know. There are also simple stories within the people that surround me every day. The Stories of US feature will hopefully help me to share them with the world.
So starting this week – I will be sharing Stories of Us. My goal is to post a Stories of Us – once each week. I am hoping that without seeing the person – each of us will be able to see ourselves and learn something from these men and women. I am hoping that the Stories of US feature – will enforce the idea that despite our differences, we are all more the same than different.
I would love for ALL OF YOU to share your stories as well. Whether you know someone else you would like to write about – or want to share your personal story with me, I encourage you to share. You can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to include a link back to your blog and Facebook page. I will let you know when the post is scheduled to post. They can be like this one written here by one of my favorite blogging moms or something entirely different. Just make sure they are real and positive!
So come on! Let’s RISE UP and celebrate one another and the Stories of US!